If you're a descendant of Clayton Lambert (or his parents Josiah and Lucy Lambert), you will be interested in this land record from Fayette County, Indiana. Last week I asked a helpful researcher at the Whitewater Valley Genealogical Association if there were land deeds filed by Clayton Lambert in Fayette County. She sent me a copy of the map that I posted last Monday, showing Clayton's 160 acre plot in Waterloo Township. She also pulled a copy of the deed from the Fayette County Recorder's Office.
The Land Transfer
This indenture made the 17th day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty six between Josiah Lambert and Lucy his wife of the first part and Clayton Lambert son of the said Josiah Lambert of the other part all of the County of Warren State of Ohio as will for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he the said J L [Josiah Lambert] hath and beseeth unto the said C L [Clayton Lambert].
As also for the better maintenance support livelihood and preferment of him the said C L hath given granted aliened enforced and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant in lieu of and confirm unto the said C L his heirs and assigns forever are that certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the State of Indiana it being the South East quarter of section three of township fourteen in range thirteen east of the second principal Meridian line together wish all and singular hereditaments and appertenances thereunto belonging or in any wise apperteuning and the reversion and reversions thereunder rents issues and profits thereof all estate rights titles interests claims or [unclear]. Whatsoever of the party of the first part either in law or equity of and to the above granted premises with the said hereditaments and appertenances to have and to hold the said premises above particularly maintained and described to the party of the second part his heirs and assigns that they the said party of the first part are lawfully seized in fee of the aforesaid granted premises that they are free from all incumberances that they have good rights to sell and convey the same to the said party of the second part as aforesaid and that he will and his heirs executors and administrators shall warrant and defend the service to the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever against all lawful [unclear].
Of all persons do witness whereof the said Josiah Lambert and Lucy his wife have hereunto set their hands and seal the day and year first above written.
Josiah Lambert [seal]
Lucy Lambert [seal]
Signed sealed and witnessed in presents of us
The State of Ohio}
On this seventeenth day of February in the year of our Lord On thousand Eight hundred and twenty six. (Recorded 18 July 1826 in Fayette County, Indiana)
Implications of the Land Transfer
When this transfer was made, Clayton Lambert was approximately 23 years old. Josiah and Lucy were setting him up with land in Fayette County. Clayton remained on the land and became a prominent member of the Township (including being featured in the History of Fayette County in 1885.
In that book, it is noted that Josiah Lambert purchased the Southeast corner of Section 3 in Fayette County on 19 March 1814. The book also lists Josiah as a pioneer in Waterloo Township (see below), and showing that Clayton Lambert settled the land in 1822 (shortly after his marriage to Rhoda Lee in Warren County, Ohio).
A copy of the land grant for the Southeast quarter of Section 3 in Fayette County filed by Josiah in the General Land Office in Cincinnati is below:
Since this land purchase in Indiana occurred before Indiana was a state, this also qualifies those on the Josiah Lambert line with status in the Territorial Guard Society of Indiana (if you're an Indiana Genealogical Society member).